onM-Class 2002 Fall Trip to Death Valley


What you need to bring for camping:

Bring a cooler with favorite drinks.
Have sandwiches and snacks for all days

Bring camping chairs if you feel like it -
Bring a camping table if you want
Wear comfortable clothing
Definitely bring camera and video

You might need a tent (don't spend more than $60) - I always sleep under the stars as long as it does not rain.

You will need a saleeping bag (don't spend more than $60 unless you plan on snow camping sometime soon),
You will need a sleeping pad (foam or inflatible) - Get a wide one rather than a narrow one.

Unless you are used to sleeping on a cot - I do not recommend them

A sleeping bag with a pad underneath is much more comfortable and leaves you more room to move.

Best map : AAA Death Valley

GPS? not really needed, but they are fun to have

Phone? Your cell phone does not work out there

Books? Buy them after the trip. If you insist on reading up on DV before the trip: The Explorer's guide to Death Valley is pretty good, ISBN0-87081-409-5

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hot springs?


meeting point

alt. meeting point

what to bring

vehicle requirements

Time table

day 1 - day 2 - day 3

Driving tips:

ETS and use of brake

save your tires !

save your paint

DV roads

Death Valley information

CNN weather
Yahoo weather
wunderground weather
UStoday weather

current road conditions

Desert USA

reports of previous trips:



future trips:

spring 2003 Baja trip
fall 2002 DV trip

fall 2002 Baja trip


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